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  WILTSHIRE CONSTABULARY
TISBURY & MERE
Community Bulletin
AUGUST 2001
Produced at Tisbury by PC Mark Steele.
    TO THOSE WHO STILL WISH TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS.

Some of you may remember my poor attempt at poetry last year - 'There was a young man who rang Tisbury Nick and asked the Coppers to come really quick, they responded at once to the call '999', but couldn't find his house 'cause he didn't have a sign'. I know it's bad but it has got a serious message. Are you confident that if you were faced with an emergency at home and required either Police, Fire or Ambulance urgently that they would find you? Recently I spent quite a considerable length of time looking for a house (luckily it wasn't an emergency call). When I did locate it, we never give up by the way, I asked the owner if he had ever considered putting up a house sign. His response was as follows "No need, I know where it is". You may indeed know where your house is, the postman probably knows where your house is and if you do ever need the fire brigade, the smoke may lead them to you, but what about Police and Ambulance? Could we find you in the pouring rain in the dead of a winters night? Hopefully you will never need us but if you do……….?

CHANGE OF PERSONNEL.

All good things must come to an end and it is with great sadness that I must announce that PC Chris PILLEY the longest serving officer on the section (by some considerable length of time) is retiring in September. Chris has done his 30 years and is off home where he will no doubt sit reminiscing fondly.
PC Graham BRIANT (graham.briant@wiltshire.police.uk) who takes over Chris's beat (GASPER KILMINGTON, MAIDEN BRADLEY, NORTON FERRIS, STOURTON, WOLVERTON & ZEALS) has already arrived and will start his duty at Mere Police Station. Graham has served at Tisbury before and is returning from a spell working in Salisbury on the City Centre Unit.


DISTRACTION BURGLARY.

On 26th July a man pretending to be from the Waterboard called at an elderly lady's bungalow in Tisbury. He stated that there was a leak in the street and he needed to test her taps. He then had her turning taps on and off whilst his accomplices were ransacking the rest of her house. This is without doubt a crime perpetrated by persons who can only be described as walking detritus. It is vital that vulnerable people, for it is only vulnerable people that these vile individuals attack, are warned and protected from this humiliating and degrading experience. Please look out for elderly relatives and neighbours; please warn as many people as possible. Report anything suspicious immediately to the Police. Working together we can make a difference.


SHED ALARMS AND VALUABLES TINS.

Those of you who have bought shed alarms (100 + so far) are no doubt sleeping soundly in your beds comforted by the knowledge that your antique pruning shears and plant pots are safely guarded. For those of you still waiting delivery, do not lose hope I will get to you. I now have another crime prevention device to offer you. This, like the shed alarms, has been bulk purchased by the Salisbury Crime Prevention Panel and is therefore at a very good price (£5 each). It is called a 'SAFECAN'. It is designed as a small place in which to hide cash or valuables. It is in effect a can with a screw-top lid, and has a normal grocery product label on it. It comes in various forms, baked beans, peach slices etc. and apparently you get to choose which label you want! I think it would be of use to those, who do, through necessity keep quantities of cash at home. If you would like one or know an elderly relative or friend who might benefit from one please let me know.

REPORTED CRIME TISBURY SECTION JULY 2001


BERWICK ST JOHN 2nd ~ Basement on building site forced and items stolen, and on 31st same premises entered and quad bikes stolen (PC Madams)
CHICKLADE 18th ~ Flower tubs and contents stolen from outside house (PC Wilkins)
DONHEAD ST MARY 15th ~ Car broken into at beauty spot during daytime and property stolen (PC Madams) 21st ~ Drive off from filling station, petrol stolen (PC Madams) 22nd ~ Items stolen from church (PC Madams) 29th ~ Car windscreen deliberately smashed (PC Madams)
DONHEAD ST ANDREW 8th ~ Flowers for sale outside premises stolen (PC Madams)
EAST KNOYLE 21st ~ Padlock to shed forced and quad-bike stolen from property undergoing renovation (PC Wilkins)
FONTHILL BISHOP 9th ~ Quantity of marker cones stolen from A303 (Salisbury Traffic)
FONTHILL GIFFORD 22nd ~ Trailer and training trap stolen from field (PC Steele)
HINDON 9th ~ Having taken a taxi from Salisbury, young female fled without paying - to be interviewed (PC Littlewood) 26th ~ Male arrested at scene of accident, driving under influence of drugs (PC Madams)
KILMINGTON 25th 26th & 29th ~ Cars broken into at Alfred's Tower car park, property stolen, included CD player, mobile phones, rucksack, cash and sunglasses (PC Briant)
MERE 2nd ~ Entry forced to summerhouse in garden, damage caused inside (PC Mills)
9th ~ Male interviewed following criminal damage to front door (PC Bispham)
9th ~ Female interviewed having smashed front door glass and assaulted estranged husband (PC Wilkins)
10th ~ Damage caused to bench at cemetery, juvenile females cautioned (PC Mills)
11th ~ Stone thrown at door deliberately causing damage (PC Mills) 11th ~ Television stolen from premises by a guest (PC Mills) 18th ~ Male interviewed following public order incident (PC Mills) 24th ~ Vehicle windscreens smashed during dispute (PC Mills) 31st ~ Wanted male arrested near Mere for Dorset Police (PC Wilkins) STOURTON 26th ~ Garden shed forced and items stolen (PC Briant)
TISBURY 5th ~ Male arrested driving whilst disqualified and with no insurance (PC Wilkins)
6th ~ Female interviewed following an instance of assault (PC Littlewood) 16th ~ Female interviewed following domestic related incident of criminal damage (PC Madams) 20th ~ Securely parked van broken into and quantity of tools and equipment stolen (PC Clark) 21st ~ Car broken into and radio/cassette stolen (PC Littlewood) 25th ~ OAP distracted by bogus 'waterboard official' who accessed house and stole cash (PC Mills)
TOLLARD ROYAL 22nd ~ Mobile phone stolen from tent at Larmer Tree (Crime Desk)
WEST KNOYLE 12th ~ Red diesel stolen from farmyard (PC Wilkins)
ZEALS 2nd ~ Fridge stolen from building site office (PC Pilley)

Section crime stats by PC 1235 Jerry Wilkins (jerry.wilkins@wiltshire.police.uk)

MERE POLICE STATION - RUMOURS OF CLOSURE.
It has been pointed out several times recently by residents of Mere that the Police House is empty and that the Police Station is closing down. Sometimes this is followed by much wailing accompanied by cries of "We're all doomed". Well let me dispel any rumours about closure. The Police Station is being sold; however, a brand new Police Station is going to be built attached to the existing Fire station in White Road. The final details are still being hammered out but I can assure the residents of Mere that they will continue to have a Police Station.
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